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IDEA High Schools Ranked Top 10 Most Challenging in the Nation by The Washington Post

Today, 6 high schools within the IDEA Public Schools network in the Rio Grande Valley were ranked among the most challenging high schools in America by The Washington Post, 5 of which were ranked top 10 in the nation.  This is the second consecutive year IDEA has been represented in the annual list of rankings, reflecting the rigor and success of IDEA’s college-going culture.

In the latest rankings of America’s Most Challenging High Schools by The Washington Post, all of IDEA’s eligible College Prep high schools were ranked as the top most challenging high schools nationwide including:

IDEA Frontier – 3rd in the nation,

IDEA Mission – 4th in the nation,

IDEA San Juan – 5th in the nation,

IDEA San Benito – 6th in the nation,

IDEA Quest – 9th in the nation,

IDEA Donna – 82nd in the nation.

More than 2,500 public high schools across the country were analyzed in order to determine this ranking.  Specifically, The Washington Post analyzed the number of students who participated in Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate tests in relation to the overall size of the high schools graduating class. 

The results came in just days after IDEA celebrated its annual College Signing Day event, where 674 seniors revealed their college choice to an arena full of family, friends, teachers, and staff.  IDEA’s Class of 2017 achieved unprecedented college success this year. Everyone was accepted to at least one college - making this the eleventh consecutive year in which IDEA has achieved 100% college acceptances.    

What an exciting time here at IDEA Public Schools.  Additionally, just last week, 7 IDEA high schools were listed on U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of best high schools in the nation, 4 of which received a gold medal ranking for college readiness and high rankings on the list. 

In U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools Rankings - 2017, 4 IDEA College Prep high schools eligible for this year’s rankings were among the top 500 high schools nationwide (and in the top 60 in Texas): IDEA Quest – 43rd (6th in Texas), IDEA Frontier – 55th (7th in Texas), IDEA Mission – 93rd (14th in Texas), and IDEA San Juan – 140th (26th in Texas). 

Additionally, IDEA San Benito was ranked 503rd in the nation (66th in Texas) and IDEA Donna was ranked 1676th in the nation (159th in Texas).  Both campuses received silver medals.  IDEA Alamo received a bronze medal.     

Congratulations to these IDEA high schools for fostering a culture of academic success for our students and ensuring they are college ready!  You can enroll your child at a nationally recognized high school today.   


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